Enjoy this delicious-sounding scale from the Middle East…
… yet another example proving that scales are not made of “half-steps” and “whole-steps”.
Here, for example, are the notes in the C Middle Eastern Scale identified by letter name, scale degree (numbers), and Solfege syllable…
- The scale structure of the Middle Eastern Scale is always 1-b2-3-4-5-b6-7-1, no matter what key you are in.
- The Solfege syllables of the Middle Eastern Scale are always Do-Ra-Mi-Fa-So-Le-Ti-Do, no matter what key you are in.
- The only thing that changes when you change keys are the letter names.
Comparative Scale Study
Play and sing the Middle Eastern Scale and Major Scale side-by-side…
and notice the dramatic effect created by changing two notes: Ra instead of Re and Le instead of La. Notice how these unique tensions allow you to create a whole new kind of music, a very exotic sound that is instantly recognizable!
The Middle Eastern Scale in Action
Improvisation by Frank Peter
Solfege Ear Training
It is absolutely essential that you sing these out loud… and to play and sing slowly enough to allow the unique sound-feeling of each solfege syllable to make an impression on your mind’s ear.